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ARPA-E Program Director


 ARPA-E is the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy. 

ARPA-E brings together top minds in energy R&D and commercialization, to change what’s possible. 

ARPA-E team members share a commitment to make an impact—to enhance the United States’ economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental sustainability. 

ARPA-E supports nascent technologies with the potential to transform America’s energy landscape that are not ready for significant private investment. 

ARPA-E’s mission is to de-risk these potential high-impact technologies at key make-or-break points early in the development cycle. 

Position Description

 Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States 

Summary: ARPA-E hires Program Directors (PD) with visionary ideas to help support the development of innovative energy technologies. 

PD Responsibilities: 

Program Development
Through appropriate technical and market analysis, and engagement with the ARPA‐E team and energy R&D communities, the PD develops a concept for an ARPA‐E program. He or she must then defend that concept in the face of challenging but constructive criticism from other ARPA‐E team members. Once through this crucible, the PD leads the drafting of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and manages all stages of the procurement process, which includes peer review of concept papers and full applications. This culminates in the PD recommending performer awards to agency leaders. 

Project Management
Once a program’s projects have been awarded, the PD actively manages that program, including full development of technical milestones and an intellectual property/commercialization strategy for each project through its completion. Management requires extensive, “hands-on” work with project performers in the field. The PD is responsible for adjusting, re‐scoping, extending, or canceling projects during the performance period. The PD’s project portfolio includes all projects in his/her program area(s) and may include other ongoing ARPA‐E projects as required. 

Other Duties 
A PD carries ARPA‐E’s endorsement as a thought leader both within DOE and to the external R&D community. A PD develops best practices as part of continually improving how ARPA‐E does business. A PD also evaluates other PD candidates, leads or serves on ad hoc groups as required for specific tasks, and provides peer review to other PDs’ program concepts. 


  • Initial term of hire is three years, with renewal options. 
  • ARPA-E will consider hiring individuals from universities and other nonprofit organizations via the Intergovernment Personnel Act (IPA). 
  • U.S. citizenship is required. 
  • The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. 

Required qualifications 

  • Strong vision for specific program areas that are ripe for ARPA-E investment, i.e., those likely to develop transformational energy technologies 
  • Relevant energy-related experience in academia, industry, and/or technology investment 
  • Ability to span science and engineering disciplines and understand market requirements and realities, preferably with experience in starting a company and/or delivering a product to market 
  • Strong background in communication, program management, and technology transfer 
  • Demonstrated leadership in communicating a vision and bringing different communities together to catalyze something new; clear and authoritative decision-making 
  • Deeply knowledgeable in at least one scientific/engineering area with demonstrated creativity/originality in using new approaches and connecting seemingly disparate ideas 
  • Passionate about solving energy challenges, even if lacking previous direct experience in energy science and technology 
  • Comfort with a high level of risk and uncertainty; ability to be flexible with regard to technical area, market assessment, and workload (substantial travel may be required) 

Especially relevant backgrounds include, but are not limited to 

  • Electrical power systems 
  • Electrochemical energy storage and conversion 
  • Photovoltaic energy conversion 
  • Advanced engines/vehicle technologies 
  • Chemical catalysis/reaction engineering for biofuels, industrial processes, and other energy applications 
  • Biological approaches to energy conversion/biofuels 
  • Low temperature waste heat recapture/thermodynamic and/or solid state cycles 
  • Fossil energy conversion/carbon capture and conversion 
  •  Wind power/ocean and wave power/aerodynamics and fluid dynamics 
  • Grid scale energy storage 
  • Energy harvesting materials and devices 
  • Building efficiency technologies/HVAC/building envelope/smart buildings 
  • Advanced lighting technologies 
  • Advanced materials for energy applications 


Highly qualified candidates should submit a resume and brief preliminary description of a new ARPA-E program concept that they propose to develop and execute here. ( 

LG&E & KUTraining Consultant-Associate or Intermediate


This position can be based in Louisville or Lexington Kentucky.
This position is responsible for developing and delivering technical, compliance and safety training to increase the capabilities, effectiveness and adaptability of the Distribution and Transmission Operations organizations through the development of individuals and work groups. This includes the researching of regulatory and technical procedures and processes and conducting needs analysis to determine specific training requirements. Consults with management in the identification of technical skill deficiencies and provides relevant training remedies. Provides consultative support to management and safety committees with the goal of creating and maintaining an accident free workplace. Serves as a subject matter expert and consultant on OSHA, KOSHA, PSC, DOT, PHMSA, and NESC regulatory matters throughout the company.

10300 Ballardsville Road



Company Paid Relocation – External
Not Provided

Job Function
Technical Training (Operations)

Required Education & Experience
An associate degree in engineering, education, or a technical field, plus a minimum of 3 years’ related technical experience or an alternate combination of education and technical experience on a year-for-year basis, is required.

Requires overhead and underground knowledge of the electric distribution systems. Ability to read and comprehend technical journals and regulations and the ability to interpret information for an audience of broad knowledge and possesses a comprehensive understanding of the operating line of business and the company’s operation and safety procedures. Ability to develop technical training manuals.

Preferred Qualifications
Comprehensive knowledge of communication, education and training techniques. Excellent interpersonal skills needed with the ability to interact with all levels within the company and the ability to lead and direct large numbers of employees within classroom settings. Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects.

Job Description
Designs, delivers and coordinates specialized technical training, qualification and required safety/compliance and technical training programs for both the Retail and Electric lines of business that meet business objectives, organizational values, operating principles, cultural change imperatives and required regulatory and compliance requirements.

Serves as a technical consultant supplying expertise on technical procedures, compliance issues and safety practices to all levels of management, employees in the field and company contractors.

Assists line management with implementation of regular compliance plans and programs.

Conducts public liaisons and training for emergency agencies throughout the LG&E and KU service territory and develops and delivers safety programs for schools, civic and governmental organizations and commercial customers.

Develops a comprehensive understanding of lines of business strategic plans and operations.

Partners with lines of business and conducts training needs analysis to identify and diagnose technical skill deficiencies to determine and develop specialized and required technical, compliance and safety training.

Implements training evaluation procedures; monitors and evaluates effectiveness of training programs and administers written examinations and skill performance testing. Continually strives to maximize training efficiencies through innovative training methods and application of new technologies for leading edge and cost effective training.

Investigates serious injuries and near misses and counsels with employees involved in incidents.

Investigate and take appropriate actions concerning employee requests, complaints and concerns involving unsafe conditions/practices.

Maintain a positive rapport with various state and federal regulatory agencies.

Performs other duties as assigned by management.

Work Conditions

Normal office environments and regular visits to field work sites that may be damp, dirty, hot, cold, inclement weather, noise, fumes, etc.

Physical Effort
Frequent travel to both in and out of state locations is required. Frequent standing and walking required at field work sites.

EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans

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Customer Renewable Solutions Manager

Austin Energy

The Manager of Customer Renewable Solutions is responsible for the municipal electric utility’s distributed solar and green power offerings, including residential and commercial solar incentives, solar permitting, solar rates, community solar, and the GreenChoice voluntary green power program. The position manages a team of 9 staff, and reports to the Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions & Corporate Communications.

Austin, Texas is a vibrant and dynamic city that tops many lists for business, entertainment, and quality of life. One of the country’s most popular, high-profile “green” and culturally rich cities, Austin was recently selected the number one Best Place to Live in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report).

This position requires that two (2) years of the related experience be in a supervisory /managerial capacity. This includes being responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.

Managerial experience is defined as managing at least two supervisors, or two or more major program areas, or one supervisor and one major program area. Managerial responsibilities involve activities ranging from program development to execution, in an effort to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiencies.

Supervisory experience is defined as managing a minimum of five (5) full-time regular budgeted full-time or part-time employees as classified. The span of control is the relationship between the supervisor and the total number of direct reports. For this position, contractors and/or temporary workers does not count towards full time budgeted positions.

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Environmental Scientist/ Project Scientist – Energy Renewal Partners

Description: Energy Renewal Partners, a leading Austin, TX based full service environmental consultancy seeks to hire an Environmental Scientist or Project Scientist to assist with our expanding portfolio of energy sector projects. The position will be based in Austin, TX. 

Responsibilities: The Environmental Scientist/Project Scientist will primarily support permitting, planning, siting, regulatory, and other needs associated with development and implementation of renewable energy projects. Responsibilities may include any of the following: 

  • Coordinating efficient environmental and regulatory review and permitting of projects
  • Assisting in development of environmental review and permitting strategy
  • Preparation of applications to agencies and regulatory entities
  • Regular coordination with regulators to determine project permitting requirements and ensure all permitting requirements are met
  • Preparation of milestone schedules and budgets and coordination with Project Managers to ensure permitting schedule and budget are met
  • Assisting in ensuring permit compliance during construction and operation phase of projects
  • Providing permitting constraints for prospect wind farms
  • Conduct environmental fatal flaws/constraints analyses for proposed wind energy projects 
  • Designing and implementing field surveys/studies for biological, avian, wetland, cultural, and other key environmental requirements for renewable energy projects 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science or related field; Master’s degree in related field preferred
  • 4-6 years of environmental consulting experience, experience with renewable energy permitting a plus
  • Experience with NEPA, ESA, and other relevant state and federal environmental regulations
  • Experience with Phase I ESAs, wetland delineation and permitting, protected species habitat assessments, SPCC Plans, and stormwater inspections
  • Experience conducting environmental fatal flaws/constraints analyses a plus
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrated project planning and implementation skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel and conduct field investigations under potentially challenging environmental conditions
  • Ability to anticipate and resolve problems
  • Effective communication with coworkers, clients, and regulators. Excellent verbal and written skills are necessary

When you join ERP, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of being part of a close team working in an approachable, collaborative, and supportive environment. You’ll be surrounded by highly motivated, high-achieving professionals who strive to have a transformational impact every day. We’ll take care of you with industry leading medical, dental and vision plans and many more benefits that allow us – and you – to continue to be amazing! 

Contact: Please send resume and cover letter to: